Maxine (Momyer) Brooks Lister was born on a farm east of Knoxville on July 5, 1913, the daughter of William and Bessie (Stevens) Momyer. She spent her entire life in Marion County.
She started her education at Eureka County School, west of Harvey, even though their farm was closer to Durham.
When Maxine was in sixth grade the family moved to the family Momyer farm just east of Knoxville. She attended Knoxville High School, graduating in the Class of 1932. After high school she attended the State Teachers College – now known as the University of Northern Iowa.
Maxine married John Brooks in November 1934. To this union was born Joan and Roger. John died in January 1981.
Maxine married Walter Lister in September 1986. Walter died in February 1996.
She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church and Mary Circle. She was a member of the KACH Auxiliary, where she enjoyed volunteering in the gift shop when it was her turn. She also volunteered to visit the Methodist patients, as well as the TLC patients in KACH. Maxine was a wonderful entertainer. She was a very talented cook and baker. She was especially known for her cinnamon rolls and pies.
Maxine worked at different places in Knoxville. She worked for three years with Mary Stults Peter Pan Nursery. She worked for 17 years as a receptionist for Dr. George Andrew, until her retirement.
In addition to her parents Maxine was preceded in death by her first husband John Brooks and her second husband Walter Lister. She was also preceded by her daughter Joan Hazelett and her brother Robert Momyer.
Maxine is survived by her son, Roger Brooks, and his wife Linda; her son-in-law Paul Hazelett and his wife, Jan; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Fran Momyer and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 31, at the First United Methodist Church of Knoxville, with Pastor Lane Riggle officiating. Burial followed services at Graceland Cemetery of Knoxville.
A memorial has been established to the First United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com. The Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is assisting Maxine’s family with services.